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A Brief History of the Caribbean
  • Authored by: D. H. Figueredo and Frank Argote-Freyre
  • From the Series: Brief History
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  • ISBN-10: 1438108311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-0831-5
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 12/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 972.9
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 336

Summary

A Brief History of the Caribbean is an overview of the historical events that have taken place and shaped the islands of the Caribbean Sea—beginning with an account of the indigenous populations before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 and ending with the major political and economic developments in early 2007 in Aruba, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, among others.

The historical perspective is enriched by allusions to the culture, manners, and morals of particular periods, often highlighting the connection between literary activities and politics, such as the Negritude Movement, and literary figures and politicians, such as Juan Bosch in the Dominican Republic. Complementing the narrative are sidebars with important and unusual information on topics such as women pirates, meals eaten by slaves, and the cultural preference for strong leaders in the region. The authors attempt to give readers a multicultural perspective that will allow them to understand events from both an insider’s and an outsider’s viewpoints.

Coverage includes:

  • Pre-Columbian Inhabitants
  • Two Worlds in Collision: The Spanish Conquest
  • European Challenges to Spanish Rule
  • Revolutions in America, France, and Haiti
  • Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Spanish-Cuban-American War
  • Cuban Dictatorship and Revolution
  • Commonwealth, Federation, and Autonomy: Puerto Rico, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and the Dutch Caribbean
  • The Twenty-first Century: Immigration and Uncertainties.

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